Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich

Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies; Director of Catholic-Jewish Studies at Catholic Theological Union

Dr. Malka Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. She earned a doctoral degree in Second Temple and Rabbinic Judaism from Brandeis University and a Masters degree in Hebrew Bible from Harvard University. Malka’s dozens of articles have been published in such journals as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well on online forums such as TheTorah.com, The Lehrhaus, and the Times of Israel. Her second book, The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria was published in 2016. Her upcoming book, Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Stories and Scriptures That Shaped Early Judaism, will be published by the Jewish Publication Society in September 2018. Malka is currently working on co-authoring a commentary to the book of Zechariah with Dr. Leslie Hoppe that will be published in Liturgical Press' Wisdom Commentary Series. In addition to presenting papers every year at a variety of academic conferences, Malka speaks regularly at synagogues throughout the United States and Canada, and her most recent travels have taken her to synagogues in Seattle, Minneapolis, Toronto, Boston, Philadelphia, and New York. A native of Philadelphia, Malka lives in Skokie, Illinois, with her husband Aaron and their four children.

Topics of Expertise:

Tanakh: Sefer Bereishit: The relationship between the Gan Eden story and the patriarchal narratives

Various Topics in Sefer Shemot (for instance, see four lectures I'm giving on Shemot below)

 

5 Megillot, such as The Image of Rut of Rabbinic Literature and Literary Stylistics in Megillat Esther

[I can also speak on any parsha, and have given many parsha-related drashot on Shabbat here in Chicago, most recently at Skokie Valley Synagogue in December comparing Joseph with Judah Maccabee]

 

The Ancient Roots of Apocalypticism and Messianism Universalism in Ancient Judaism (my dissertation topic)

 

What Did Jews Write About After the Babylonian Exile? Introduction to the Apocrypha

 

The History of the Maccabean Age and Its Literature What Does the Holiday of Chanukah Really Commemorate?

 

Jewish Life in the First Century The Figure of Moshe in Early Jewish Literature

What Are the Dead Sea Scrolls and Why Do They Matter? 

Teaching Samples:

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Target Audience

I usually teach adults, but taught at Maimonides Upper School in Boston for five years.

Speaking Fee:

I do not have a downloaded video of my teaching, but if you search "Malka Simkovich" on YouTube, you will reach many videos of my talks. You can also search my name on YuTorah.org to hear a number of my podcasts. My speaking fee is $500 per lecture, and a minimum of $2000 for a weekend Scholar in Residence, which would include four talks.

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